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Jürgen Prochnow

Jürgen Prochnow is a German actor. His most well-known roles internationally have been as the sympathetic submarine captain in Das Boot (1981), Duke Leto Atreides I in Dune (1984), the minor, but important role of Kazakh dictator General Ivan Radek in Air Force One and the antagonist Maxwell Dent in Beverly Hills Cop II. Prochnow was born in Berlin and brought up in Düsseldorf, the son of an engineer. He has an elder brother, Dieter. He studied acting at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Thanks to his on-screen intensity and his fluency in English, he has become one of the most successful German actors in Hollywood. He portrayed Arnold Schwarzenegger in a film about the actor's political career in California, entitled See Arnold Run; coincidentally, Prochnow was one of the actors considered for the title role in The Terminator. He also appears as the main antagonist in the Broken Lizard film Beerfest, which contains a submarine scene that references his role in Das Boot. He also played a supporting character in the Wing Commander film, Cmdr. Paul Gerald. In addition, he dubbed Sylvester Stallone's voice in the German version of Rocky and Rocky II. He was facially scarred following a stunt accident during the filming of Dune. One scene called for Prochnow (as Duke Leto) to be strapped to a black stretcher and drugged. During one take, a high-powered bulb positioned above Prochnow exploded due to heat, raining down molten glass. Remarkably, the actor was able to free himself from the stretcher, moments before glass fused itself to the place he had been strapped. During the filming of the dream sequence, he had a special apparatus attached to his face so that green smoke (simulating poison gas) would emerge from his cheek when the Baron (Kenneth McMillan) scratched it. Although thoroughly tested, the smoke gave Prochnow first and second-degree burns on his cheek. This sequence appears on film in the released version. In 1996, he was a member of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. Prochnow was married in the 1970s, and had a daughter Johanna, who died in 1987. He married Isabel Goslar in 1982, with whom he has two children: a daughter Mona, and son Roman. They divorced in 1997. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Munich. He was involved with Birgit Stein, a German screenwriter and actress. He received American citizenship in 2003.

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Jun 10, 1941 In Berlin, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Tatort 1970-11-29
Latest Project:
Movie Radegund 2018-05-24
Known For
Poster of Schröders wunderbare Welt
Poster of The Elite
Poster of Human Bomb
Poster of Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe
Movie Radegund Major Schlegel 2018-05-24
Series The Directors Unknown 2018
Movie Damascus Cover Franz Ludin 2017-01-28
Movie Kundschafter des Friedens Kern 2017-01-26
Movie Die dunkle Seite des Mondes Pius Ott 2016-01-14
Movie Remember Rudy Kurlander #4 2015-10-23
Movie Hitman: Agent 47 Tobias 2015-08-20
Movie Die Kinder meiner Tochter Ernst Blessing 2013-05-04
Movie Ohne Gnade Helmutchen 2013-05-02
Movie Company of Heroes Luca Gruenewald 2013-02-25
Movie Ein schmaler Grat Uwe Wolfmann 2013-01-22
Movie Die Schuld der Erben Kurt Hanson 2012-01-05
Movie Amigo – Bei Ankunft Tod Fredo Kovacs 2011-10-10
Movie Sinners and Saints Mr. Rhykin 2010-06-30
Movie Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze Baron Von Haan 2010-04-01
Movie Oko ve zdi 2009-12-03
Movie Merlin and the War of the Dragons The Mage 2008-11-25
Movie La conjura de El Escorial Espinosa 2008-09-05
Movie Ohne einander Ernest 2007-03-19
Movie Primeval Jacob Krieg 2007-01-12
Movie Schröders wunderbare Welt John Gregory 2006-11-17
Movie Beerfest Baron Wolfgang von Wolfhausen 2006-08-25
Movie The Da Vinci Code André Vernet 2006-05-17
Movie Chain Reaction Police Man 2006-01-01
Movie See Arnold Run Arnold Schwarzenegger 2005-01-30
Movie Julie, chevalier de Maupin 2004-09-05
Movie The Poet Vashon 2003-11-20
Movie Baltic Storm Erik Westermark 2003-10-16
Movie House of the Dead Kirk 2003-04-11
Series Nachtschicht Friedrich Otto Winterstein 2003-03-24
Movie Davon stirbt man nicht Everett Burns 2002-10-31
Movie Heart of America Harold Lewis 2002-09-05
Movie Dark Asylum Dr. Fallon 2001-11-08
Movie Ripper: Letter from Hell Detective Kelso 2001-08-08
Movie Gunblast Vodka Sacha Roublev 2001-08-08
Movie The Elite Avi 2001-08-01
Movie Last Run Andrus Bukarin 2001-07-01
Movie Poison Carl Krieger 2000-04-04
Movie The Last Stop fritz 2000-05-16
Movie Padre Pio Visitatore 2000-08-18
Movie Die Millennium-Katastrophe - Computer-Crash 2000 Hans Hagemann 1999-12-28
Movie Heaven's Fire Quentin Darby 1999-08-07
Movie Der blonde Affe Jan Vleuten 1999-04-04
Movie Esther Haman 1999-03-29
Movie Wing Commander Cdr. Paul Gerald 1999-03-11
Movie Human Bomb Gerhardt Dach 1998-05-26
Movie The Replacement Killers Michael Kogan 1998-02-06
Movie Air Force One General Ivan Radek 1997-07-25
Movie DNA Dr. Carl Wessinger 1997-03-07
Movie Der Schrei der Liebe Holger 1997-03-05
Movie Sorellina E Il Principe Del Sogno Kurdok 1996-02-01
Movie The English Patient Major Muller 1996-11-14
Movie On Dangerous Ground Carl Morgan 1996-05-13
Movie Privateer 2: The Darkening Shondi 1996-05-17
Movie Tödliche Wahl Alex Bronner 1995-11-20
Movie Judge Dredd Judge Griffin 1995-06-30
Movie In the Mouth of Madness Sutter Cane 1994-12-12
Movie Guns of Honor Jack Neumann 1994-10-27
Movie Trigger Fast Jack Neumann 1994-07-06
Movie Lie Down with Lions Marteau 1994-06-12
Movie Der Fall Lucona Jorunalist Strasser 1993-06-10
Series The Fire Next Time Larry Richter 1993-04-18
Movie Body of Evidence Dr. Alan Paley 1993-01-15
Movie Hurricane Smith Charlie Dowd 1992-01-31
Movie Interceptor Phillips 1992-10-13
Movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Woodsman 1992-06-03
Movie Jewels Joachim von Mannheim 1992-10-18
Movie The Man Inside Günter Wallraff 1991-06-19
Movie Robin Hood Sir Miles Folcanet 1991-05-13
Movie Der Skipper The Skipper 1990-04-05
Movie The Fourth War Col. Valachev 1990-03-08
Movie A Dry White Season Captain Stolz 1989-01-01
Movie The Seventh Sign David Bannon 1988-04-01
Movie Beverly Hills Cop II Maxwell Dent 1987-05-18
Movie Des Teufels Paradies Escher 1987-05-07
Movie Terminus Sir / Doctor / Yellow Truck's Driver 1987-01-28
Movie Killing Cars Ralph Korda 1986-02-13
Movie Murder: By Reason of Insanity Adam Berwid 1985-10-01
Movie Der Bulle & das Mädchen Der Bulle 1985-04-19
Movie Das Boot Kapitän-Leutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock 1985-02-24
Series Das Boot Kommandant („Der Alte“) 1985-02-24
Movie Dune Duke Leto Atreides 1984-12-14
Movie The Keep Captain Klaus Woermann 1983-12-16
Movie Love is Forever General Siegfried Kaplan 1983-04-03
Movie Krieg und Frieden 1982-09-30
Movie Das Boot Kapitän-Leutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock 1981-09-16
Series Ein Fall für zwei KHK Max Gerber 1981-09-11
Series Wetten, dass..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie Die Konsequenz Martin Kurath 1977-12-02
Movie Operation Ganymed Oss 1977-11-05
Series Schaurige Geschichten Piet 1976-02-20
Movie Shirins Hochzeit Aida 1976-01-20
Movie Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum Ludwig Götten 1975-01-10
Movie Einer von uns beiden Bernd Ziegenhals 1974-04-22
Movie Die Verrohung des Franz Blum Franz Blum 1974-03-26
Movie Die Zärtlichkeit der Wölfe Hehler 1973-07-12
Movie Auf Befehl erschossen Franz Sass 1972-12-01
Movie Zoff Joky 1972-01-21
Movie Händler der vier Jahreszeiten weiterer Stammtisch-Bruder 1971-11-04
Series Tatort Klaus Linder 1970-11-29